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“See the building rather than its contents”
Review of Musee Bonnard

Musee Bonnard
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Le Cannet
Certificate of Excellence
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“See the building rather than its contents”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

This is a beautifully constructed extension to an old (late 19th C) building, whose interior has been remodelled to show paintings. We visited an exhibition titled 'the nude from Gauguin to Bonnard' which includes none of Bonnard's most famous paintings of the nude (usually of his wife). Musee Bonnard highlights the problem of recently established museums dedicated to a local artist who has become world famous (Bonnard lived here for many years) - all the best paintings are, by now, in the world's leading galleries or private collections; the Matisse Museum at Nice has a similar problem. This means the permanent collection is small and often of second rate works. You will learn more about Bonnard in the Musee d'Orsay in Paris or the Chicago Art Institute, for example, but the museum at Le Cannet is just about worth the entry fee and bus fare as a good example of modern museum design and building.

Visited September 2013
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Antibes, France
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“Nothing to see there”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

There is not much to see, mostly black and white drawings... The nicest think is the building itself, it is very well renovated combining an old building with a new one.

Visited November 2012
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stockton on tees
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Well laid out gallery, with many artists, Matisse, Gauguin, Picasso and Pierre Bonnard to name a few.

Visited August 2013
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Binissalem, Spain
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“Excellently designed spaces: superb exhibition”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

In an elegant 19th century mansion with an ultra modern staircase tower added, the museum is near Bonnard's house and exists to commemorate his long association with Le Cannet and to put on exhibitions which show the links he had with his contemporaries and with other aspects of culture.

The currect exhibition of nudes has some of the highest quality stuff to be borrowed from elsewhere including Gauguin, Matisse, Chagall, Giacometti et al. Very well displayed. On this occasion there could have been more of the well-known nudes featuring Marthe, Bonnard's muse and finally his wife.

There is a leaflet detailing a Bonnard Walk round the heights of Le Cannet - well worth doing. Le Cannet is now rather swish but was considerably simpler when Bonnard was alive.

Visited July 2013
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Nice, France
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21 attraction reviews
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“Not very much Bonnard”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We arrived in Cannet to look at paintings by Bonnard as we like his works very much. The museum was big and nice with five storeys. However, Bonnard was only represented in one storey and there was only about ten paintings by him. That was not very much compared to the Chagall or Matisse museums in Nice. We were disappointed after a trip from Nice to look at the Bonnard collection.

Visited April 2013
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